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2021 Dream Grant Resources

This information is subject to change with the evolving public health emergency, but is current as of August 14, 2020.

Demonstrating eligibility for a grant can be the trickiest part of the application. Below is a list of free resources to support you in collecting your eligibility documentation for your application. For questions regarding the 2021 Dream Grant Request for Applications please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document, which will be updated periodically.

In What Ward is My Home or Business?

Photo ID Needs - Drivers’ License or Non-Driver Identification Card

Photo ID Needs - Passport

Showing Majority Ownership of Your Business

  • If your business is a registered corporation in DC through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), you should have developed corporate documents that may include articles of incorporation or articles of organization, and/or an operating agreement or other documentation of ownership. You should be able to access your corporate formation documents at DCRA’s CorpOnline database.

Getting a Clean Hands Certificate

General Liability Insurance

  • If you do not currently have general insurance you must attest that you will purchase coverage if awarded the grant. We recommend all businesses carry insurance for their protection, but you do not need to purchase insurance solely for the purposes of applying for the grant.
  • We cannot make a direct referral to an insurance carrier, but recommend that businesses shop around with several carriers to determine the best fit for the needs of your business.

Business License

Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN or EIN)

  • Federal Employment Identification Number is free from the IRS at IRS.gov. There are many sites pretending to be the IRS – please only request a FEIN from www.IRS.gov.

Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS)

Business Bank Account

  • We cannot make a direct referral, but recommend that businesses shop around with several institutions and also consider local banks and credit unions to find the best rates and customer service to fit your business needs.
  • Through Bank On DC and DC’s Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking, the DC residents can access Bank on DC accounts , which include Second Chance Bank accounts, and have low minimum balance requirements, and no or low-cost monthly fees. Information on how to do so can be found at Bank on DC at https://bankondc.org/ 

Computer Access

  • Limited computer access is available at 14 DC Public Libraries during Phase 2 - remote printing (emailing documents for printing) is currently available. Please refer to the library’s website: https://www.dclibrary.org/computeruse.

Scanning Documents

Additional Application Assistance

  • The grant application was designed for business owners to write their own application. While it is at your discretion, we specifically caution against businesses considering paid for services for grant-writing for the Dream Grants. If you are seeking assistance, you may want to reach out to non-government small business technical assistance providers with free services like those funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development, listed here.